Limited palette

Cartoon / anime theme

Uses intentionally limited color palette, with certain primary colors (including additive primaries) seemingly missing altogether (and/or any variation of them). Not for flat shading (limited hue) or platform/hardware specific limitations on color.


The first video game about Limited palette was released on December 1999.

Coffee Stain Studios, OSome Studio and Ultra Runaway has published most of these games

This is for when there's notable lacking in colours, but isn't monochromatic either. Color shift doesn't count either as that's different kind, e.g. pink counts for red, cyan/turquoise for blue, etc.

Does not refer to using less than 24bit color depth and only few things from the full range, this is about complete lack of the 3 primary colors in any form, though lacking of more minor colors can be counted if the other minor colors are obviously there. This omits simple graphics.

Mimicking limited color choices of other platforms (retro graphics) should be tagged with something else as well.

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Linux 30
Windows 11
Mac OS X 4
PS4 1
Xbox One 1
Android 1
iOS 1
PS 1
Wii 1

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